April 29, 2014 - 7:22pm
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Jason Dufner at Miller Park
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Reigning PGA Champion Jason Dufner joined Michael Belot, Vice Chairman of the 2015 PGA Championship & General Manager -- Destination Kohler, Jason Mengel, 2015 PGA Championship Director, and Milwaukee Brewers mascot Bernie Brewer at Miller Park as part of Tuesday's 2015 PGA Championship ticket pre-registration launch.

As part of a day-long trip to Wisconsin to help promote the 2015 PGA Championship -- to be played at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. -- 2013 PGA Champion Jason Dufner had time to visit Miller Park, home of the National League's Milwaukee Brewers.

Of course, Dufner asked if he might be able to pitch a little -- and being a golfer, that has a different meaning than standing on the mound and tossing a few. Straightaway center is only a 400-foot poke, so Dufner could not only clear the fence but probably knock one completely out of the ballpark (with the roof open, of course).

The feat was then publicized on Twitter. That's where Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse found out about Dufner's appearance, and the two had a humorous Twitter conversation.

And with that, Dufner had one last parting shot to take.

 

 

No word on whether the Brewers' bullpen will participate in any Dufnering during the next home series. With Lohse on the mound, they may have a lot of time on their hands.

 

Dufner tees it up at Miller Park
April 29, 2014 - 3:00pm
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Whistling Straits
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Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., will host its third PGA Championship in 2015.

There's nothing more exciting than major championship golf.

We're just 100 days away from the start of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla in Lousiville, Ky., but today also marks a special day for the 2015 PGA Championship.

Beginning today, you can register for tickets to the 2015 PGA Championship -- the year's final major -- at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR TICKETS TO THE 2015 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Tickets for the 2015 PGA Championship will be sold exclusively through an online registration program. Registration is free and there is no obligation to purchase tickets by completing the form. The earlier you register, the better position you will have to purchase the most popular tickets.

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Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details to prepare you for when tickets go on sale in August 2014.

The 2015 PGA Championship will be the third played at Whistling Straits.

If you have any questions, contact the PGA Ticketing Center at 800-PGA-GOLF (742-4653) or ChampionshipAdmin@pgahq.com.

 

Registration open for 2015 PGA Championship tickets
April 29, 2014 - 10:15am
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Boo Weekley
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Boo Weekley "rides the bull" down the first fairway during the final day of the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla.

One of the most memorable moments from the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky., came on the first tee in Sunday singles.

That's when, after pounding a drive down the middle, Boo Weekley channeled his inner Happy Gilmore and "rode the bull" off the tee.

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Check out the video here in case you need a refresher:

 

 

And, of course, here's the inspiration for Weekley's actions by Adam Sandler in "Happy Gilmore":

 

 

Clearly, Weekley was excited. And he had every reason to be. The U.S. closed out the matches that day and it remains the last Ryder Cup win for an American side and the only one since winning in 1999.

In a recent interview with GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard on a show called, For the Record, Weekley talked about that Ryder Cup experience and his infamous bull ride and why he decided to do it.

"It was by far the greatest golf moment and tournament and surrounding that I've ever had a part of," Weekley said. "We're so used to playing out here everyday, week on week -- golf by ourselves, playing against everybody. You get there, you look over and you've got your buddies -- the guys you competed against the week before last -- and now here y'all are like teammates, trying to talk things out, listening to some of the veterans there and what they felt when they was there the first time. It was an experience."

So what compelled Weekley to take that memorable bull ride?

"I can't remember what day it was, but it was during one of the practice rounds," Weekley explained. "I think it may have been the last day of the practice rounds. Me and my wife just got through having dinner and doing the main thing with everybody. We come down and we're grabbing some waters out of the little old room that was on our floor. There were two officers -- a lady officer and another man sitting in there. I was talking and there happened to be Happy Gilmore running across the screen on the TV and they got to laughing. I turned to Karen and I said, 'Baby, I'm going to do that. I'm going to do that off one of the tee boxes.'"

The officers laughed and called Weekley out.

"'Yeah right! Whatever. You ain't going to do that.'" Weekley recalled them saying. "And I said, 'I'm going to do it. I don't know what day I'm going to do it, but I'm going to do it.' When I got out there [Sunday] I was pumped, excited and ready for it to get over with, to tell you the truth. Win, lose or draw, it was one of those moments -- I won't ever forget it. I went up there and I took my practice swing and it hit me right then. As I took my second practice swing, I always take two, there's a tree out there about 200 yards. I said, 'If I can just start it over that tree, I'm going to ride this club out of here.'"

So, there you have it -- the story behind why Weekley rode the bull down the first fairway during the final day of the 2008 Ryder Cup.

Here's the video clip:

 

 

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Story behind Boo's famous bull ride
April 29, 2014 - 9:16am
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Notah Begay III
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Golf Channel analyst Notah Begay III suffered a heart attack in Dallas last week, but is expected to make a full recovery.

GolfChannel.com is reporting this morning that analyst Notah Begay III is recovering from a heart attack.

Begay, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, suffered the heart attack last week in Dallas, according to the report.

The 41-year-old was taken to Methodist Hospital where cardiologist Dr. Mark Jenkins inserted a stent to unblock his right coronary artery.

There is a history of heart disease in the Begay family. The report says that because the procedure was performed quickly, Begay is expected to make a full recovery and resume his analyst duties with NBC and Golf Channel within a few weeks.

"I'm extremely grateful for the expert care I received from Dr. Jenkins and his staff," Begay told GolfChannel.com. "I anticipate a full recovery and feel lucky to be at home resting with my family. I appreciate the outpouring of well wishes I've received from family, friends and fans and I will be back covering golf once I'm fully recovered."

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Notah Begay recovering from heart attack
April 28, 2014 - 10:13am
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Zurich Classic of New Orleans
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Would you mess with an alligator on the golf course? John Peterson did at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Friday.

In case you missed it on Friday, PGA Tour player John Peterson clearly is not afraid of alligators.

During the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Peterson came in to give a life-threatening assist to playing partner James Driscoll. OK... maybe that's a little dramatic, but seriously, who messes with alligators?

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Driscoll was attempting to play his second shot between a bunker and a pond on the par-5 18th, but there was an unwelcome guest lurking nearby -- a large alligator.

Peterson was either in a hurry, or didn't want to be put on the clock. So, rather than watch and wait, Peterson -- a graduate of LSU and clearly familiar with wildlife on the Bayou -- sprung into action.

Armed with a bunker rake, Peterson literally pushed the gator from behind to coax it into the pond.

Check it out:

 

 

Luckily for Peterson, this alligator run-in had a happier ending than it did for another Peterson -- "Chubbs" Peterson from the movie Happy Gilmore, who lost his hand to a gator.

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PGA Tour pro pushes alligator into water
Caleb C.
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Caleb C. has the lowdown on golf etiquette.

One of the biggest complaints golfers have is the lack of golf etiquette. Whether it's not repairing ball marks, replacing divots or just slow play, golf etiquette is important.

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So how do you remember all the little things that should make a round of golf more enjoyable? Six-year-old golfing rapper Caleb C. spells them out here in this hilarious YouTube video:

 

 

 

Stay hy-hy-hydrated. That's great advice, especially as the weather's finally warming up.

 

 

The A-B-Cs of golf etiquette, hip-hop style